Disaster Relief Response

A state of emergency has been declared by the Governors in LA and MS where some areas have had over 36 inches of rain over the course of three days. Several people have lost their lives, some are missing and over 30,000 had to be rescued and evacuated by boat as the waters came up so quickly. Over 40,000 have been displaced from their homes and will return to utter devastation. Louisiana Governor John Edwards called the widespread flooding a “truly historic event” and “a major disaster.” Thirty of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have been declared disaster areas.

Pray
Don’t neglect the power of prayer on behalf of individuals, families, and communities during circumstances like these. We ask that in your personal life, as well as in your family, in your dig or LIFE Group that you pray with passion and urgency.

Give
We as a faith family have an opportunity to respond. First, we encourage you to make a financial donation. Reputable ministries like Samaritan’s Purse and our own relief agency, MNA Disaster Relief are great places to give. You can also give to Wildwood Church (note that it is for Disaster Relief) and help our teams go and serve. Dollars on the ground are always the immediate need and go directly to those in need.

You can also give practically by putting together Flood Buckets. Please follow the instructions carefully and then bring the completed bucket(s) to the church.

Go
Our Student Ministry had the opportunity to serve on five relief missions to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi post-Katrina. We also served on three missions to Tuscaloosa in response to the tornados. We are looking for anyone regardless of age, to join us when they start accepting teams. We will wait for the initial assessments before we mobilize teams. But check back here for updates.

This is what it looks like to carry all of your personal belongings to the street and say goodbye. The bedroom set your grandmother gave you, the box of pictures of your children, your wedding dress, etc. These are hard days.” Arklie Hooten  Video Link